Ford has added the 2007-2009 and 2014-2017 Mondeo to the ever-growing list of vehicles in line to have their faulty Takata airbags replaced.
As with all Takata recalls, a combination of heat and humidity can make the airbag propellant in affected vehicles degrade. In a collision where the airbag is triggered, there's a risk the inflator will rupture under too much internal pressure, sending metal shrapnel shooting into the cabin.
This places occupants at serious risk of injury or death. All inflators are the less-dangerous (but still potentially fatal) Beta units.
A total of 16,701 cars sold between March 1, 2017 and August 14, 2009, and October 6, 2014 and March 21, 2017 are included in the campaign. A VIN list is attached here.
Ford will contact owners of the affected vehicles and advise them to get in touch with a dealer for a free replacement inflator.
The Takata airbag recall affects more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Among those are more than five million vehicles in Australia, the equivalent of four years of nationwide sales.
Globally, there have been 20 deaths linked to the scandal, and 230 serious injuries. One Australian motorist lost their life to a faulty Takata airbag in July 2017, one month after another Australian driver was seriously injured.
In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law, with affected manufacturers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020. The ACCC earlier this year added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.
According to the Australian Government, the risk of a defective Takata airbag rupturing may arise between 6 and 25 years after it is installed in a vehicle. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.
Concerned owners can check if their vehicle needs a new inflator at www.IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au.